Intrinsic Signal Imaging of Somatosensory Function in Nonhuman Primates

Anna Roe, L. M. Chen, R. Friedman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Optical imaging studies of somatosensory cortex (SI) in primates has led to re-evaluation of our understanding of cortical functional organization. This chapter describes findings showing that somatosensory topography, long a foundation of cortical function, may not be as precise in the awake monkey, suggesting a re-evaluation of the relationship between topographic representation and sensory precision. Optical maps of the tactile funneling illusion, which demonstrate a map of how tactile stimuli are perceived rather than a map of skin topography, call for a re-evaluation of topographic representation in SI as a body map. With respect to representation of sensory submodalities, optical images of vibrotactile pressure, flutter, and vibration domains reveal striking similarities and differences between modality maps in visual and somatosensory cortices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Senses: A Comprehensive Reference
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780123708809
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Area 1
  • Area 3b
  • Cortical columns
  • Digit
  • Functional organization
  • Optical imaging
  • Pacinian
  • Parallel pathways
  • Pinwheels
  • Rapidly adapting
  • Slowly adapting
  • Somatosensory
  • Submodalities
  • Topography
  • Vibrotactile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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Roe, A., Chen, L. M., & Friedman, R. (2010). Intrinsic Signal Imaging of Somatosensory Function in Nonhuman Primates. In The Senses: A Comprehensive Reference (Vol. 6, pp. 299-313). Elsevier Inc..